Prince Udom Ekpoudom, a former Deputy Inspector General of Police, has expressed dismay over the submission of the names of the three All Progressives Congress(APC) senatorial Candidates in Akwa Ibom State to the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC).
The candidates include Senator Godswill Akpabio, Dr. Emaeyak Ukpong, and Martins Udo-Inyang for Akwa Ibom North West, North East and South senatorial districts.
The name of the former police boss was missing from the list, having been substituted with that of Akpabio, the immediate past Minister of Niger Delta Affairs.
Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Mike Igini, had declared the primaries that threw up Akpabio as null and void and not known to the commission.
According to him, “INEC had publicly acknowledged that it never monitored primary that allegedly produced Senator Akpabio after he lost the APC presidential primaries. In view of the fact that the senatorial primary for Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district lawfully held on May 27, 2022, where Ekpoudom emerged the winner and was at no time cancelled, nullified or declared inconclusive to warrant a rescheduled election.”
Udoma expressed hope that the national umpire would do the right thing, as “Ekpoudom’s name shall lawfully be on the ballot for 2023 general election.”